Some of us spend most of our days trying to stay afloat. Some of us try to stay a pay check or two ahead of the game if possible. The majority of us spend our lives working, pushing and grinding to get into better homes, better cars, and better situations because we were taught that things make a better life.
I ask folks that play the lottery, if you won and after all of the superficial things were out of the way and you took care of family and friends, would you do exactly what you're doing now with your life?
Some of us live self destructively, thinking a facade truly makes a better life. But at the end of the day, who cares what people think? Folks are just judgmental. It's embedded in their DNA. If you're doing poorly, well, misery loves company. If you're doing well, they'll ridicule you for not giving back. And if you do give back, they'll scorn you for the amounts you contribute.
When it's your time to go, will you think, "man, I should have did more with mine", or "I had a great life!"
So, what's the big picture? Live your life. Take it a day at a time. Take those baby steps that'll get you closer and closer to your goals. Don't worry about the noise going on around you. It doesn't matter what level of success you're enjoying or what tax bracket you're in. The noise will always be there. At all levels. In the 'hood and in the hills.
Live now. Act now. Move now. Live your big picture. Go get it.